3 Advantages of Travel Tours

by Lithium Technologies ‎08-12-2015 04:44 PM - edited ‎08-31-2015 02:55 PM (2,450 Views)

Exploring the world through tours brings unique benefits—and surprising flexibility.


Even if you’re the sort of traveler who believes two is company and anything more is a crowd, now is a good time to take a fresh look at tour-based travel. Today’s tours have evolved into genuine vacations that go beyond sightseeing, presenting unique opportunities to explore your surroundings and immerse yourself in each destination, including:


Authentic Experiences
Imagine sitting in a Bavarian farmhouse kitchen, enjoying dinner prepared by the family matriarch. Or bypassing the crowd for an up-close view of ancient Asian ruins. Though many solo travelers would love such opportunities, most can’t make them happen on their own. Tours open doors. Thanks to the scale and scope of their businesses, tour operators have special access to locations and events they can share with travelers, from private concerts to after-hours museum viewings, intimate dinners and more.


Personalized Adventures

Once, escorted tours meant travelers had short, regimented windows of opportunity to see their surroundings—and usually amid a large group of fellow tourists. Now, flexibility is the focus. Many guided tours make it possible to break away from your group for a while to explore by yourself. Tour escorts also serve as expert guides who can help you navigate your choices and offer tips that give you genuine insight.


New Ways to Go

Buses still are a common way for tours to transport travelers, but they aren’t the only way to get around. Self-driving tours, for example, let you travel leisurely and rejoin your party at certain points. Likewise, a popular option for families is to have their own minivan with a private guide. The best tour operators understand travelers want to spend as little time as possible on a bus—making local stops longer, richer and more meaningful.


Ask about AAA Vacations that offer exclusive perks for AAA Members. For trip details and all your travel-planning needs, contact your local AAA Travel Consultant.


A version of this story appears in the September/October 2015 issue of AAA Living magazine.


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